Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

Hardcover | January 28, 2011

EditorKennon M. Sheldon, Todd B. Kashdan, Michael F. Steger

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Positive psychology exploded into public consciousness 10 years ago and has continued to capture attention around the world ever since. The movement promised to study positive human nature, using only the most rigorous scientific tools and theories. How well has this promise been fulfilled?This book evaluates the first decade of this fledgling field of study from the perspective of nearly every leading researcher in the field. Scholars in the areas of social, personality, clinical, biological, emotional, and applied psychology take stock of their fields, while bearing in mind the original manifesto and goals of the postive psychology movement. They provide honest, critical evaluations of the flaws and untapped potentialof their fields of study. The contributors design the optimal future of positive psychology by addressing gaps, biases, and methodological limitations, and exploring exciting new questions.

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Positive psychology exploded into public consciousness 10 years ago and has continued to capture attention around the world ever since. The movement promised to study positive human nature, using only the most rigorous scientific tools and theories. How well has this promise been fulfilled?This book evaluates the first decade of this f...

Kennon M. Sheldon is Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri. He hopscotched the country, from Virginia to Seattle to California to Rochester NY, and is now ensconced in the middle, in Missouri. He has been involved in the positive psychology movement since its inception in Akumal, Mexico, in 1999, and is an author of t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:January 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introductory Perspectives1. Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura: Positive Psychology: Where Did It Come From, Where Is It Going?2. Todd B. Kashdan and Michael F. Steger: Challenges, Pitfalls, and Aspirations for Positive PsychologyBiological Perspectives3. Suzanne C. Segerstrom, Timothy W. Smith, and Tory A. Eisenlohr-Moul: Positive Psychophysiology: The Body and Self-Regulation4. Carissa A. Low, Julienne E. Bower, Judith T. Moskowitz, and Elissa S. Epel: Positive Psychological States and Biological Processes5. Jaak Panksepp: The Primary Process Affects in Human Development, Happiness, and ThrivingEmotion Perspectives6. Maya Tamir and James J. Gross: Beyond Pleasure and Pain? Emotion Regulation and Positive Psychology7. Shigehiro Oishi and Jaime Kurtz: The Positive Psychology of Positive Emotions: An Avuncular View8. Sara B. Algoe, Barbara L. Fredrickson, and Sy-Miin Chow: The Future of Emotions Research within Positive PsychologySocial-Cognitive Perspectives9. Mark R. Leary and Jennifer Guadagno: The Role of Hypo-egoic Self-processes in Optimal Functioning and Subjective Well-Being10. Kirk Warren Brown and Melissa Holt: Experiential Processing and the Integration of Light and Dark Sides of the Human Psyche11. Michael D. Robinson and Maya Tamir: A Task-Focused Mind is a Happy and Productive Mind: A Processing Perspective12. E. J. Masicampo and Roy F. Baumeister: Finding Positive Value in Human Consciousness: Conscious Thought Serves Participation in Society and CulturePersonality Perspectives13. Robert R. McCrae: Personality Traits and the Potential of Positive Psychology14. Erik E. Noftle, Sarah A. Schnitker and Richard W. Robins: Character and Personality: Connections Between Positive Psychology and Personality Psychology15. Brian R. Little: Personality Science and the Northern Tilt: As Positive as Possible Under the Circumstances16. Robert A. Emmons and Anjali Mishra: Why Gratitude Enhances Well-Being: What We Know, What We Need to KnowRelationship Perspectives17. Shelly L. Gable and Courtney Gosnell: The Positive Side of Close Relationships18. Nathaniel M. Lambert, Frank D. Fincham, A. Marlea Gwinn, and Christine A. Ajayi: Positive Relationship Science: A New Frontier for Positive Psychology?19. Anthony M Grant and Michael J Cavanagh: Coaching and Positive PsychologyClinical Perspectives20. Jennifer L. Hames and Thomas E. Joiner, Jr.: The Dog Woman, Addie Bundren, and the Ninth Circle of Hell: Positive Psychology Should Be More Open to the Negative21. Crystal L. Park: Meaning and Growth within Positive Psychology: Towards a More Complete Understanding22. Rutha A. Baer and Emily L. B. Lykins: Mindfulness and Positive Psychological FunctioningOrganizational Perspectives23. Carolyn M. Youssef and Fred Luthans: Positive Psychological Capital in the Workplace: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go24. P. Alex Linley, Nicky Garcea (nee Page), Susan Harrington, Emma Trenier and Gurpal Minhas: Organizational Applications of Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and a Research / Practice Roadmap for the FutureSocial Perspectives25. Richard Florida and Peter J. Rentfrow: Place and Well-Being26. Ruut Veenhoven: Greater Happiness For A Greater Number: Is that possible? If so how?27. Robert Biswas-Diener, P. Alex Linley, Reena Govindji and Linda Woolston: Positive Psychology as a Force for Social ChangeSummary Perspectives28. Kennon M. Sheldon: What's Positive about Positive Psychology? Reducing Value-Bias and Enhancing Integration within the Field29. Gordon Bermant, Charu Talwar, and Paul Rozin: To Celebrate Positive Psychology and Extend Its Horizons30. Laura A. King: Are We There Yet? What Happened on the Way to the Demise of Positive Psychology31. Dean Keith Simonton: Positive Psychology in Historical and Philosophical Perspective: Predicting Its Future from the Past